• FAQs

    Who gets RtI reading support? How is this determined?

    Children are screened via a few assessment measures which may include DRAs, i-Ready, MCAS or PARCC, and teacher observations. Classroom teachers and reading specialists meet regularly to review and update the groups. The RtI groups are flexible and students may be switched in or out as progress is made.

    How can I help my beginning reader at home?

    Reading to and with your child EVERY night is the most essential way to help your child.

    Reading to your child is a rewarding experience. Talk your way through the book with questions, predictions, and connections. A read aloud should be a level or two above your child's independent reading level, keeping in mind age-appropriate content. 

    When your child is reading to you, it is imperative that he/she is reading a "just right" book.  Before opening the book, discuss the title and picture on the cover. Have your child make predictions as to what the book will be about. Then, covering the words, do a "picture walk" and discuss the details in each picture. This builds vocabulary and background knowledge to help the child be successful when reading. While reading, ask your child to use his/her reading finger (pointing) in order to stay focused, track, and self monitor. At times, your child may need to use to do a decoding strategy when he/she is stuck on a word. See below for decoding strategies. Give your child the opportunity to use these strategies before you quickly supply the challenge word. After the book is read, discuss! Ask questions! Retell! Pick a favorite part! Use as much specific language from the text as you can. Rereading the same book the next night, develops fluency and comprehension. Believe it or not, this will become an enjoyable bonding experience.

    When my child is stuck on a word, what should I do?

    Use the following decoding strategies:

    Look at the picture for a clue.

    Focus on the beginning and/or end sounds.

    Look for a little word in the larger word.

    Skip the word and read to the end of the sentence. Then, go back and try.

    Link it to another word you know. For instance, if you know "pink", it could help you read "blink."

    When you have exhausted these strategies, supply the word. 

    NOTE: If the child is stuck on more than 5 words per page, it is not a "just right" book. 

    We are new to this school. What trick or sight words should my child have learned?

    These words are part of the Fundations Phonics Program.

    Kindergarten: the, a, and, is, was, of'

    Grade 1: the, a, and, is, was, of, to, he, for, as, his, has, I, you, we, they, one, said, from, or, when, have, were, her, put, there, what, she, been, by, who, out, so, favorite, are, two, about, into, only, other, new, some, could, want, say, do, boy, first, any, my, now, girl, our, over, come, would, night, after, also, many, before, called, how, your, down, talk, should, because, each, people, Mr., Mrs., years, says, little, good, very, own, school, see, work, both, between, being, under, never, another, day, words, look, through, friend, around, circle, does, nothing, write, none, color, month

    Grade 2: when, which, again, away, more, even, their, animal, here, used, water, something, knew, know, often, house, move, right, place, why, large, change, city, every, eye, family, carry, different, world, use, together, picture, learn, great, country, America, example, thought, too, school, son, breakfast, head, ready, mother, father, brother, neighbor, early, ocean, Monday, Tuesday, cousin, lose, dance, beautiful, piece, library, Wednesday, Thursday, bought, Saturday, January, February, July, enough, special, paste, daughter, August, December, laugh, favorite, sugar, trouble, couple, young

    How can I get in touch with the reading specialist?

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